Our Events

The FIRST Educational Resources Conferences, Workshops, and Webinars are designed with the needs of educators and leaders in mind. Our presenters represent some of the premier thought leaders in education today.

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Social Emotional Success Planning

 July 23

Understand how to not only implement social emotional learning throughout the school day but seamlessly embed it throughout the curriculum as well. Leave with a 12-month Social Emotional Success Plan, encompassing tools and techniques to increase student social, emotional and academic skills that support their individual needs.

The Relationship Reset

July 30, 2021

Understand the importance of intentionally creating relationship routines and rituals that forge relationships with and between students and leave with a Classroom Relationship Plan that will serve as a blueprint for relational success to be used throughout the school year.

Math Workshop: Laying the Groundwork for Differentiation in your Math Classroom

August 3, 9,10 , 2021

Learn how math workshop, a flexible instructional format, allows teachers to meet the diverse needs of students in their classroom.

The Framework for Student Centered Coaching

August 5, 2021

Learn what Student- Centered Coaching looks like in practice and how impact on teaching and learning is measured. Walk away from this session with a plan for making instructional coaching student-centered and outcomes-based.

Equity Minded Coaching for Systems Change

August 12, September 9, and October 14, 2021

What might it mean to go beyond using an “equity lens” and operate from a permanent position of equity-mindedness? In this series, participants will interrogate their beliefs, learn key organizational considerations to address inequities, and analyze strategies needed to support an effective coaching culture.

Small Groups, Big Results - Reimagining Literacy Groupings

August 5, August 12, August 19, September 23, September 30, and October 14

In this 6-part series, we’ll work to redefine and refine small, flexible reading groups.  We’ll name common challenges and uncover do-it-tomorrow solutions and explore ways to curate texts that are going to get kids jazzed up about reading, both in small groups and independently.

Engaging Literacy for the Big Kids (Grades 4-12)

August 17, 18, and 19, 2021

Looking to freshen up your literacy classroom and engage your students more than ever? Join Dr. Katie McKnight for this 4-part series where she will provide tools and strategies for your best year of teaching yet!

Leading Collective Efficacy: Powerful Stories of Achievement and Equity (Book Study)

August 10 and 17 2021

Join authors Stef Hite and Jenni Donohoo to learn how teams in schools across North America addressed inequities and realized improved student achievement.

The Instructional Coaching Toolkit Series - Strategies for Successful Coaching 

2021-2022 School Year Dates 

Whether you are new to coaching or looking to expand your coaching resources, this ongoing series will provide you with new tools and opportunities to practice them.

Learner FIRST Instructional Coaching Summit

September 21-22, 2021

The Learner FIRST Instructional Coaching Summit has been designed exclusively for those in coaching roles. The Summit will provide opportunities for all coaches to improve their coaching skillset and learn together with other coaches! Amanda Brueggeman and Jim Knight will present extended, interactive workshops during the mornings. The afternoons will be an opportunity to learn from other coaches through participation in roundtable presentations and discussions.

Best Practice in Secondary Small Group Math Instruction

September 28, October 5, and 12, 2021

Instruction using grouping strategies provides strategically planned lessons that promote student discourse, problem solving, risk-taking, inquiry, and increased student engagement that results in deep conceptual understanding of mathematics concepts to maximize student learning outcomes. Join us to learn how to bring small group instruction to your 6-12 Math Classroom!

Tools for Math Small Group Instruction

October 4, 6, 11, 13, 25, 27, 2021

Join our experts to learn practical small group instructional tools and activities that teachers can use instantly in their classroom to leverage student success and conceptual understanding of various mathematical concepts.

Better Together 2.0 - Ensuring Action in the Partnerships Between Principals and Coaches

January 18, 2022

How can you evaluate the impact that your coaching program, and the partnership between the coach and the principal, are having on teacher success and student learning? This session will provide tools and time for teams to examine the observable impact of their actions and to plan for continued results.

Recorded Sessions


S.T.A.G.R. Conference

Event has concluded, but access to recorded sessions is still available.

Join colleagues and schools from around the world at the S.T.A.G.R. Virtual Conference. The Conference that focuses on all things related to Standards, Targets, Assessment, Grading & Reporting.

Content Matters

Event has concluded but recorded access to the sessions is still available.

Are you ready to learn about effective literacy instruction that can provide pathways for learning about content? As passionate teachers who love our disciplines AND our students we will address the question:

“How can I share my passion and love for my discipline while developing the literacy skills that my students need to understand it?"

Reigniting a Passion for Literacy

Event has concluded but access to recorded sessions is still available.

During this two day conference, educators will rediscover the joy of teaching the lifelong skills of reading and writing to students.Join us for this unique two-day event and be prepared to leave with energy and a plan for starting the next school year off right!

Learner FIRST Virtual Summit

Event has concluded but access to recorded sessions is still available.

T he Learner FIRST Virtual Summit has been designed to inspire educators and leaders as they prepare for the new school year ahead.